death penalty news---ARKANSAS
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Rick Halperin
2017-04-19 23:24:45 UTC
April 19


Arkansas Supreme Court halts 1 death-row inmate's execution

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday night halted the execution of Stacey
Johnson, which was scheduled for Thursday.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted one of two executions set for Thursday,
saying the condemned inmate should have a chance to prove his innocence with
more DNA testing.

Stacey Johnson claims that advanced DNA techniques could show that he didn't
kill Carol Heath, a 25-year-old mother of two, in 1993 at her southwest
Arkansas apartment.

In a 4-3 ruling late Wednesday afternoon, the state's highest court issued a
stay for Johnson and ordered a new hearing in lower court for Johnson to make
his claims.

Johnson was set for execution Thursday night along with inmate Ledell Lee, who
is also seeking a stay in a separate case.

(source: Arkansasonline.com)
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